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The Stand: Complete and Uncut Library Binding – 4 Oct 2008

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  • Library Binding
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143955787X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439557877
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,574,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookshops and beg them not to buy it.

The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.

"I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke."

There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel (Sunday Times)

One of the great storytellers of our time (Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Kev Partner VINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2015
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Considered by many (though not the author himself) to be King's best, I came to this as someone who's not a fan of the horror genre and was simply interested to experience King's style. Overall, I loved it. The basic plot appears to be fairly standard apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic but it has a supernatural subtext that, fortunately, doesn't dominate the story too much. What makes the book compelling is the cast of characters. Sure, some are interchangeable, but there are also a number of really fascinating personalities with the villains coming off particularly well.

Perhaps it takes a little while to get going and the central section (which is mainly a description of how to set up a new civil government) could certainly do with a trim but overall this is a wonderful, often gripping, read. You could argue that the resolution of the plot has relatively little to do with the protagonists but, on the other hand, it's still pretty satisfying. Overall, loved it.
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I only ever read on public transport therefore this huge book has taken me almost a year to read! However I am almost finished and I have absolutely loved it.

It was my first Stephen King book and I was surprised by the lack of horror in the story as that is what he is known for. So if you want to read one of his less scary novels, and are into apocalyptic themes then this is a good choice !

(Be careful when reading in the sun, during a heatwave the glue binding the pages seemed to melt and a lot of the pages have consequently fallen out)
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The Stand may be one of the longest books published in recent times and the Uncut edition adds several hundred pages to it's length making it a monster of a book but don't let this put you off!
Unlike some other long books every single page is in The Stand for a reason all it's many sub-plots and characters add to the richness of the book as Stephen King himself explains in the introduction, not one page is wasted on unnecessary prose or 'filler material'. In fact The Stand only get's better the more you read, at no point did reading it feel like a chore.

King spends several hundred pages setting up the characters and plot of the book as well as various sub-plots before moving into the novel 'proper' some two or three hundred pages in but again this only adds to the richness of the book as you understand exactly what happened and why. All of The Stand's characters even the minor ones feel like living breathing people as Stephen King says in the introduction 'People often write to me asking what happened to so and so character as if they were real and keep me updated on what's happening to them'. And here lies Stephen King's genius despite the typically brutal and somewhat depressing plot you're unable to put the book down because the characters feel so real and not only do you want to know what happens to so and so but you want to know why.

The Plot itself is masterful, King keeps you guessing till the very end and though it may not be the 'happily ever after' ending of many other novels it deeply satisfying and will leave you begging for more.
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I absolutely love this novel. For me, it's one of his very best. I admit, there were times within the first 40% that I felt were too slow, but for every chapter that was slow, there were two that stood out. After the first half I could not put it down. I was totally hooked and it just got better and better. A must read for everybody. I'm only disappointed that out took me so long to start reading this epic novel.
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It's the end of the world. Most people are dead. This book tells the story of some of the survivors and their process of getting together and building society 2.0. The story telling and character building is great. One passage really stood out and slightly terrified me (a journey through an underground tunnel in complete blackness).

I couldn't' put the book down, awesome!
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Still one of my favourite books ever. If you enjoy a bit of dystopian fiction, this is a must read. Written well and in the days before his books became glorified screenplays.
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Probably Kings greatest work which given the success of his many novels speaks volumes for the sheer quality of this book
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This is the third time I have read this book in the last 14 years.
I feel it's the best apocalyptic book ever written and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre.

I would love to see a decent TV series made.
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